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Published: Friday June 6, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Friday June 6, 2014 MYT 8:21:59 AM

Black spots to be made safer

JOHOR BARU: Further improvements are being made on the black spots along federal roads nationwide to reduce the occurrence of accidents.

Works Minister Datuk Fadillah Yusof said the ministry had identified 50 more black spots, which would undergo improvement works this year.

He said the RM20mil project would include works to put up road signs reminding motorists to be more careful when passing through stretches identified as black spots.

“Others include putting up reflectors for night driving, yellow strips, transverse bars and ‘no overtaking’ signs, especially at sharp corners, and the installation of additional street lighting,” he said.

The minister was speaking to reporters after witnessing the balloting for maintenance work tenders of federal roads for Johor-based contractors at the Johor Baru District Work Department headquarters yesterday.

Fadillah said the Government had identified 581 projects worth RM28mil to be allocated to G1 class contractors nationwide for minor maintenance works on federal roads.

He said police classified a black spot as a site on a road where accidents frequently happened with at least two fatal cases at any point of time.

He said last year the number of accident cases reduced significantly after the ministry spent RM31mil on improving 74 black spots.

“Based on expert findings and from our studies, 75% of road accidents in the country are due to the attitude of drivers and poor maintenance of their vehicles,” he said.

He said it was wrong for motorists to blame the conditions of the road as the main cause of accidents, adding that accidents would continue to happen if drivers did not adhere to road safety measures.

On a separate matter, Fadillah said talks between the Malaysian and the Singapore governments on the proposed third bridge linking Singapore and Johor Baru had already started.

He said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Abdul Wahid Omar was in Singapore recently meeting with his counterpart to discuss the project.

“The proposal will be submitted to the Economic Planning Unit which will determine the viability of the project and the Work Department will advise on the technical aspects of the project,” he added.

Tags / Keywords: Government, Fadillah Yusof, Works Minister, black spots, accidents, third

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